Bachelor in International Relations - Second Year JourneyBecome an actor at a global level
THE TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP JOURNEY
On previous trips, students have gone to awe-inspiring locations, where they were presented with a range of physical, mental, and professional challenges. Immersed in some of the world’s most incredible natural landscapes and guided by inspirational leaders, the group was encouraged to come together, building key teamwork skills as they grew as individuals.
You will take part in an experience that’s carefully designed test your limits, broaden your horizons, and challenge your way of thinking. During this three-week trip, you can expect your comfort zone to expand as you push yourself to achieve new things. At the end, you will return to your university with new perspectives and outlooks on yourself, your peers, and the world around you.
Get ready for your transformational journey.
NEPAL & BHUTAN 2019
During the Transformational Journey of 2019, students had the opportunity to enhance their learning by traveling across Nepal and Bhutan. This journey was an experience like no other.
Lasting 17 days, it was an unparalleled opportunity for students to gain a global perspective and witness first-hand what life is like in different countries around the world. Among other activities, students trekked through the Himalayas whilst learning about leadership and team building, and acquiring other soft skills. They also met with the developers of the Bhutan Gross National Happiness Index, and assisted at several wellness events, including meditation workshops and lectures within Bhutan’s Institute of Happiness.
Stefan Henri Gonthiez
“We met with the head of the Gross National Happiness Index in Bhutan and learned not only about the history of Bhutan, but also about their truly fascinating endeavor to implement happiness as a measure of success instead of GDP.”
Thomas August Maria Stenger
“This trip has completely transformed my experience in the bachelor’s, as I’ve been able to experience first-hand how different cultures work. I learned that life is not about material things, but your mindset, and the importance of being open to new experiences.”
Sarah Breanne Mcfadden
“The trip was transformational for us as a group—before, none of us really knew each other, but if you saw us now you wouldn’t be able to tell that we only became friends two weeks ago. We’ve been through so many challenges and overcame all of them together, and all of those amazing experiences made us stronger as a group.”
Fredrik Andreas Wulff
“My favorite part of the trip was trekking the Himalaya with the Sherpas. Not only did they guide and help us, but we became really close with them, and stayed up in the evenings playing cards and chatting with them. They were an integral part of our team and really made our experience.”
Carolina Escudero Y Ramírez De Arellano
“My favorite part of the trip was definitely meeting Edurne, who’s become a huge inspiration for me. She helped me discover a new, lifelong passion, which I can’t wait to continue developing. She’s an amazing person, and just having her in my life has been a wonderful experience.”
Jasper Bonesmo Bates
“I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone studying international relations. The experiences that you have exploring new cultures and learning new ways of thinking are all essential if you’re truly passionate about this field.”
Landlocked Nepal—flanked by China and India and set against a backdrop of the Himalayas—kept its ancient culture and rich traditions long closed off until the 1950s, when it began to open up to the rest of the world. Since then, the country has established a multi-party parliamentary system, abolished its monarchy, and undergone a decade-long Maoist insurgency.
Nepal is home to eight of the world’s highest mountains including Mount Everest. Our students had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to trek the initial stages of the highest mountain on Earth with Edurne Pasaban as their guide. A prolific mountaineer, this Basque adventurer was the first woman to climb all fourteen ‘eight-thousander’ peaks in the world.
Whilst in Nepal, the students also met with political parties, institutions, and civil societies. They had the chance to build on their leadership and teamwork skills while exercising their mind and body in the great outdoors. In addition, they participated in a social project with the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation, a Canadian foundation focused on preserving the heritage of Nepal and improving the quality of life of its people.
Discover a culture unlike any other. The Bhutanese name for Bhutan, Druk Yul, means “Land of the Thunder Dragon”, and this fascinating country only began to open up its ancient traditions to outsiders in the 1970s, after centuries of isolation.
While in Bhutan, students explored wellness practices and new ways of measuring development with the Gross National Happiness Index. They met with parliamentarians, think tanks, civil society organizations, and religious leaders to gain insight into the society, culture, and political views of this unique country. In order to put into practise everything they had previously learnt, students participated in an impactful social project, and worked in close collaboration with an NGO that is dedicated to uplifting and enhancing the lives of vulnerable individuals and communities around the country.